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November, 2022

Help your Inner Savanna Man

The human race has developed over thousands of years in all kinds of areas: technology, art, language, culture, food… Yet our instincts have remained largely unchanged. We are still more or less the same as our ancestors who roamed the savanna more than 100,000 years ago. Our savanna instincts make it hard to thrive in offices and other indoor environments – that is, unless we create the right conditions.

 

Perhaps you sit near a passage where colleagues walk back and forth on their way to the coffee maker: Every time someone walks by, you look and register their presence, consciously or unconsciously. Or colleagues moving behind your desk space: Your conscious instincts go into alert mode – you get stressed and distracted from what you should be focusing on. Or you hear a loud ring tone a few desks over: You listen and note all or parts of the conversation. Does this sound familiar? All of these situations awaken the instincts of your inner savanna man. Instincts designed to protect you from threats and dangers. Good to have on the savanna, but far less practical when you have one hour left to prepare your presentation. This issue is backed up by research that suggests that whenever you are interrupted, it takes 15-20 minutes to get back to a work task that requires focus.

 

So is there nothing you can do about it? No, quite the opposite! The good news is that all these distractions are easily removed. Both auditory and visual disturbances can be removed completely or significantly reduced. As you probably already know, at Zilenzio we have been working scientifically since 2004 to remove noise – that is, noise caused by human speech. Our efforts have taught us a lot about what materials actually work, what dimensions they need and how they should be placed to maximize their positive effect. But we have also learned to include the visual aspect – that is, to dampen distracting movements in the indoor environment AND provide aesthetically pleasing designs. For the effect to be real, the ears and eyes must have the right conditions. An effect that creates well-being and happy employees, counteracts sick leave and lowers staff turnover. So make sure not to awaken your inner savanna man unnecessarily. Instead, get your work done with minimal stress and maximum efficiency. Please contact us for more information.

November, 2022

Noise levels cause dissatisfied employees

Leesman, a research company, asked 931,000 people from 6,500 companies in 108 countries to rank the most important factors in the workplace. The result was a list of 50 points. The rankings were made using degree of importance and degree of satisfaction as parameters. Sound level is in the top ten, with a degree of importance of 70,8%. But looking at degree of satisfaction, things become even more interesting. Only 32.8% of the respondents are satisfied with the sound environment in their workplace – in other words, nearly 67 % are dissatisfied. This means that unwanted noises is the most important issue (after temperature) in the office.

 

The conclusion? Using simple sound dampening measures will result in happier employees. This means a more pleasant workplace, which again leads to increased productivity, less stress, lower sick leave, increased profitability and not least a higher attractiveness as an employer. As you probably know, more talented people apply for the most attractive workplaces.

 

At Zilenzio, we have worked scientifically for almost 20 years to remove noise and disturbing sounds from people talking in the workplace, in schools and in public spaces. We do this sustainably, both from an environmental and a financial perspective. We attach great importance to the visual, ensuring that our sound dampening solutions have a stylish and timeless design that appeals to the eye.

 

 

Leesman asked office workers what was most important at work. Noise level was the factor they were most dissatisfied with, second only to temperature. Read more about the study here

October, 2022

Why noise is bad for business (and for your health!)

Phones ringing, loud conversations, a copier in high gear and the constant dings of incoming emails from colleagues’ computers. Sound familiar? For many, it is an accurate description of their everyday work environment.

 

Many people are unaware that the noise level at their place of work is too high. Loud noise affects not only our ability to work, but also our health and quality of life, both during and outside of working hours. Undesirable and unnecessary sounds, what we call noise, can lead to hearing impairment, fatigue and concentration difficulties. Noise can also trigger our stress hormones, increasing the risk of high blood pressure. For employers, poor acoustics in the workplace can mean long-term sick leave and staff shortages.

 

It has become increasingly common for workplaces to be characterized by open office landscapes. An open landscape is practical and social since it makes it easier to communicate with your employees, but there are more risks. People conversing together is one of the biggest sources of sound in our workplaces, and impossible for our ears to filter out. When we are exposed to a conversation between two people nearby, we risk being as much as 66 percent less productive than with a lower sound level. It becomes more difficult to focus on our tasks, which leads to impaired work results.

 

 

At Zilenzio we are passionate about creating pleasant working environments. We know that our sound-absorbing products help prevent sick leave and reduce unfavorable work results in workplaces with open office landscapes. Zilenzio offers high-quality sound absorption through thoughtful, durable and stylish solutions. Our products are the result of a long and broad knowledge and experience in sound and sound environment design. We provide tailored solutions for each individual need and help with everything from planning and location – ensuring a safe and secure workplace.